Dortmund, Germany — (METERING.COM) — April 8, 2009 – A research project to develop standards for smart metering systems incorporating distributed generation has been launched at the Technische Universität Dortmund.

The project SMEDEA (Standardized smart metering as a key function for energy efficiency of distributed generation) was successful in the “Energie.NRW” competition and has been awarded funding of €370,000 by the NRW-Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Christa Thoben.

The project is being coordinated by Christian Rehtanz, professor for power systems and power economics in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the TU Dortmund. Industry partners include EVB Energie AG, one of Germany’s leading service providers for power supply companies, and Energieversorgung Oelde GmbH.

“I am happy to start this smart metering project today, because energy efficiency requires consumption transparency in households. With intelligent meters we take an important step in this direction,” said minister Thoben.

The research project makes use of the EU-guideline 2006/32/EG “Energy Efficiency and Energy Services” which calls for end consumers to be promptly informed about their power consumption and the individual use. Each power consumer should be able to influence and reduce his power consumption. The basis for this is an extensive application of smart metering systems which, equipped with communication interfaces, can also be used for efficient energy management especially by distributed generation devices.

Energieversorgung Oelde GmbH is to put into operation a pilot smart metering network with approximately 150 meters, which will be used for the field tests. Prompt automatic acquisition of the consumption data will be realized by EVB Energie AG. The testing environment in the laboratories at TU Dortmund offers a platform for the theoretical analysis of the system prior to its installation into the network.
Planning, development and field testing of the system will take place over three years. The results of the pilot project will be applicable to customary networks regardless of their size and should significantly improve their profitability as well as the efficient use of decentralized power supply.